The New New Journalism
Robert S. Boynton
Ted Conover
Richard Ben Cramer
Leon Dash
William Finnegan
Jonathan Harr
Alex Kotlowitz
Jon Krakauer
Jane Kramer
William Langewiesche
Adrian Nicole LeBlanc
Michael Lewis
Susan Orlean
Richard Preston
Ron Rosenbaum
Eric Schlosser
Gay Talese
Calvin Trillin
Lawrence Weschler
Lawrence Wright
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           Michael Lewis has a talent for placing himself at the center of a revolution. In the eighties it was Wall Street, "the epicenter of one of those events that help to define an age," he writes in Liar's Poker (1989). In the nineties it was Silicon Valley, "one of those places, unlike the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but like Las Vegas, that are unimaginable anywhere but in the United States," he writes in The New New Thing (1999). In Moneyball (2003), it was the national pastime�and an Oakland Athletics manager who was radically rethinking the game's basic business principles.
           This predilection for change�and an ongoing fascination with mavericks�may be a reaction against Lewis's deep roots in the city of New Orleans, where he was born on October 15, 1960. (His great-great-great-grandfather was appointed Judge for the Territory of New Orleans by Thomas Jefferson.)
           Lewis studied art history at Princeton University. When he received his degree in 1982, worked in an art gallery before moving to England to study at the London School of Economics.
           In 1984, Lewis attended a dinner and found himself seated next to the wife of the managing partner of Salomon Brothers International, who, at the end of the meal, assured him her husband would secure him a place in the bank's training program.
           Lewis split his time between Salomon Brothers' London and New York offices. He quit in 1988 and wrote a memoir based on the detailed journals he had kept. Liar's Poker was an instant bestseller and became a cult classic for its vivid descriptions of the money-mad eighties.
           In 1991, he moved to Washington, D.C., to write for The New Republic, for which he covered the 1996 presidential campaign. The only problem was that Lewis was bored by the major candidates (Bob Dole and Bill Clinton), and preferred focusing on the marginal figures who didn't have a chance at winning. Taking a page from his Wall Street days, he looked at the campaign as a marketplace. "If you want to know where the market's going to go, follow the entrepreneurs."
           In 1997, Lewis moved to California with his wife, journalist Tabitha Soren. Lewis knew he wanted to write about the Internet boom and found his main character in Jim Clark, the billionaire founder of Netscape.
           The New New Thing consisted of parallel narratives: the first told the story of Clark's rise from math geek to Internet guru, while the other described his quest to build Hyperion, the world's tallest single-masted sailboat, a state-of-the-art $37 million ship.
           The idea for Moneyball grew out of a simple question: "How did one of the poorest teams in baseball, the Oakland Athletics, win so many games?" An extended portrait of Billy Beane, Moneyball explains what happens when a baseball organization starts rating players using statistics and computers.
           



BOOKS

Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt, W.W. Norton 2014
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Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World, W.W. Norton, 2011
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The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, W.W. Norton, 2010
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Home Game: An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood, W.W. Norton, 2009
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Panic: The Story of Modern Financial Insanity (editor), W.W. Norton, 2008
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The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, W.W. Norton, 2006
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Coach: Lessons on the Game of Life, W.W. Norton, 2005
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Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, W. W. Norton, 2003
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Next: The Future Just Happened, W. W. Norton, 2001
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The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story, W. W. Norton, 1999
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Trail Fever: Spin Doctors, Rented Strangers, Thumb Wrestlers, Toe Suckers, Grizzly Bears, and Other Creatures on the Road to the White House, Knopf, 1997 (Published in paperback as Losers: The Road to Everywhere but the White House, Vintage, 2000
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Pacific Rift, W. W. Norton, 1992
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The Money Culture, W. W. Norton, 1991
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Liar’s Poker: Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street, W. W. Norton, 1989
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ARTICLES

"Extreme Wealth Is Bad for Everyone—Especially the Wealthy", The New Republic, November 12, 2014

"My Ames is True", This American Life, September 14, 2014

"The Hot Seat: A reveiw of Timothy Geithner's Stress Test", The New York Times Book Review, May 15, 2014

"The Wolf Hunters of Wall Street", The New York Times Magazine, March 31, 2014

"Did Goldman Sachs Overstep in Criminally Charging Its Ex-Programmer?", Vanity Fair, September 2013

"VF Portrait: Michael Lewis on Sheryl Sandberg", Vanity Fair, April 2013

" The Way They Live Now", The New York Review of Books, March 7, 2013

"Obama's Way", Vanity Fair, October 2012

"2012 Princeton Baccalaureate Remarks", June 3, 2012

"Letter From Berkeley: The King of Human Error", Vanity Fair, December 2011

"California and Bust", Vanity Fair, November 2011

"It’s the Economy, Dummkopf!", Vanity Fair, September 2011

"When Irish Eyes Are Crying", Vanity Fiar, March 2011

"Beware of Greeks Bearing Bonds", Vanity Fair, October 2010

"Greed Never Left", Vanity Fair, April 2010

"The Man Who Crashed the World", Vanity Fair, August 2009

"Betting on the Blind Side", Vanity Fair, April 2010

"Wall Street on the Tundra", Vanity Fair, April 2009

"Mass Hysteria Over AIG Obscures Simple Truths", Bloomberg, March 20, 2009

"The No-Stats All-Star", The New York Times Magazine, February 15, 2009

"Man Up! Hedge-Fund Man’s Advice for Wall Street", Bloomberg, February 13, 2009

"Suicide Fails the Test of Taking Responsibility", Bloomberg, January 8, 2009

"The End of the Financial World as We Know It (with David Einhorn)", The New York Times, January 3, 2009

"Anthony Thinks It Over, Responds on a Calling", Bloomberg, December 15, 2008

"A Wall Street Job Can’t Match a Calling in Life", Bloomberg, December 10, 2008

"The End", Portfolio, December 2008

"Bonus Jackpot Can Be Yours in Five Easy Steps", Bloomberg, November 10, 2008

"This Hedge Fund Manager Tries to Short Himself", Bloomberg, October 24, 2008

"The Mansion: A Subprime Parable", Portfolio, October 208

"America Must Rescue the Bonuses at Goldman Sachs", Bloomberg, September 24, 2008

"Asia Finally Gets the Message: Lehman is a wake up call that America can't be trusted.", The Big Money, September 16, 2008

"Commie Ball: A Journey to the End of a Revolution", Vanity Fair, July 2008

"The Great McCain Story You've Probably Forgotten", Slate, April 9, 2008

"Inside Wall Street's Black Hole", Portfolio, March 2008

"The Changing Room", The New York Times Magazine, February 2, 2008

"Dad Never Again", Slate, January 17, 2008

"What Does Goldman Know That We Don't?", Bloomberg, January 17, 2008

"The Evolution of an Investor", Portfolio, December 2007

"Serfs of the Turf", The New York Times, November 11, 2002

"The Kick is Up and It's a Career Killer: Consider the Life of the N.F.L. Kicker", Play: The New York Times Sports Magazine, November 2007

"In Nature’s Casino", The New York Times Magazine, August 26, 2007

"The Jock Exchange", Conde Nast Portfolio, May 2007

"Inherit the Wind: My Katrna Aftermath", The New Republic, March 19, 2007

"Moral Education", Slate, March 12, 2007

"Monsters: Have I screwed up my daughters forever?", Slate, February 15, 2007

"Taco Bell's Canyon", Slate, January 31, 2007

"Reluctant Warrior, a review of Soldier: The Life of Colin Powell", The New York Times Book Review, November 26, 2006

"What Keeps Bill Parcells Awake At Night", The New York Times Sports Magazine, November 2006

"The Ballad of Big Mike", The New York Times Magazine, September 24, 2006

"Coach Leach Goes Deep", The New York Times Magazine, December 4, 2005

"Wading Toward Home", The New York Times Magazine, October 9, 2005

"How To Make a Killing from Poetry: A Six Point Plan of Attack", Poetry, July/August 2005

"Absolutely, Power Corrupts", The New York Times Magazine, April 24, 2005

"The Eli Experiment", The New York Times Magazine, December 19, 2004

"The Irresponsible Investor", The New York Times Magazine, June 6, 2004

"Coach Fitz's Management Theory", The New York Times Magazine, March 28, 2004

"The Personal is the Antipolitical", The New York Times Magazine, September 28, 2003

"Grasso Certainly Great at One Thing: Getting Paid", The Houston Chronicle, September 28, 2003

"Beane Counter", Sports Illustrated, May 12, 2003

"The Mark Twain Trail", Slate, May 2, 2003

"One Big-Time Tech Stock Promoter Escapes Carnage", The Houston Chronicle, April 27, 2003

"Daddy Gets His Brain Back", Slate, April 3, 2003

"The Trading Desk", The New York Times Magazine, March 30, 2003

"In Defense of the Boom", The New York Times Magazine, October 27, 2002

"Daddy Fearest", Slate, August 13, 2002

"Eek, Mickey Mouse!", Slate, July 29, 2002

"The Little One", Slate, July 15, 2002

"Toddler Heaven", Slate, June 24, 2002

"Neglecting the Baby", Slate, June 12, 2002

"Young at the Wrong Time", The New York Times Magazine, June 9, 2002

"Infanticide to Infatuation", Slate, May 20, 2002

"Driving Miss Tallulah", Slate, May 7, 2002

"Surfin’ Safari", Gourmet, May 2002

"Misery", Slate, April 29, 2002

"Sister Trouble", Slate, April 22, 2002

"The Final Push", Slate, April 15, 2002

"Wait a Minute. Didn't Enron Employees Ride That Stock Up?", The Washington Post, March 3, 2002

"Adventures with a Frisco Kid", Gourmet, March 2002

"The Satellite Subversives", The New York Times Magazine, February 24, 2002

"O’Neill’s List", The New York Times Magazine, January 13, 2002

"The Old Devil", The New York Times Book Review, January 13, 2002

"Rethink: Manifestoes for the Next New York; The Financial District: Make a Playground for the Rich", The New York Times Magazine, November 11, 2001

"The Deathbed of Television", The American Spectator, September/October 2001

"Why You?", The New York Times Magazine, September 23, 2001

"Faking It", The New York Times Magazine, July 15, 2001

"An Insincere Cassoulet", Gourmet, March 2001

"Jonathan Lebed's Extracurricular Activities", The New York Times Magazine, February 25, 2001

"Boom Box", The New York Times Magazine, August 13, 2000

"Paris Chicken Pox", Slate, June 5, 2000

"Having Her Say at the See", The New York Times Magazine, June 4, 2000

"Blame the Parents", Slate, May 19, 2000

"The War Hero Next Door", Slate, May 5, 2000

"Scary Animal Acts", Slate, May 3, 2000

"My First French Friend", Slate, April 28, 2000

"The Talented Ms. Gymbo", Slate, April 21, 2000

"How do you say "Freudian" in French?", Slate, April 12, 2000

"The Anatomy of the French Male", Slate, April 4, 2000

"Womb Temperature", Slate, April 3, 2000

"Do I Smell Funny?", Slate, March 23, 2000

"The Second French Lesson", Slate, March 16, 2000

"How She Love le Poisson", Slate, March 10, 2000

"The Artist in the Gray Flannel Pajamas", The New York Times Magazine, March 5, 2000

"Waiting at the Gravitron", Slate, February 28, 2000

"The Train to Rome", Slate, February 18, 2000

"The Dinner Guests", Slate, February 11, 2000

"Changing Tallulah", Slate, January 24, 2000

"Raskolnikov the Handyman", Slate, January 21, 2000

"Life Online: Jim and the Magic Diamond", The Guardian, January 18, 2000

"Life Online: The Navigator", The Guardian, January 17, 2000

"Captain Hubris", The Guardian, January 15, 2000

"AOL: Almost Obscenely Large", The Wall Street Journal, January 13, 2000

"Jan. 10, 2000", Slate, January 10, 2000

"I Liked a Pol", The New York Times Magazine, November 21, 1999

"The Search Engine", The New York Times Magazine, October 10, 1999

"The Joy of Quitting", The New York Times Magazine, September 5, 1999

"Got Cotton?", Forbes, April 5, 1999

"Spying with Interest", The New York Times Book Review, March 21, 1999

"How the Eggheads Cracked", The New York Times Magazine, January 24, 1999

"25-7", Forbes, November 30, 1998

"King of the Geeks to Get His Comeuppance", The Independent, November 15, 1998

"Marching Through Georgia", The New York Times Book Review, November 8, 1998

"Why Secrets Will Always Be Leaked", The Independent, October 4, 1998

"Troubled Times for the King of the Nerd", The Independent, August 2, 1998

"So... What?", Slate, July 2, 1998

"Doing it at the White Board", Slate, June 29, 1998

"A Slow-Motion Disaster: Focus on Japan", The Independent, June 28, 1998

"Nerds Trying to do the Right Thing", Slate, June 24, 1998

"Memo to Goldman: Don’t Do It", The Independent, June 14, 1998

"Consumed by the Boom: All Money, All the Time", The New York Times Magazine, June 7, 1998

"The Real Asian Miracle: The World’s Biggest Going-Out-of-Business Sale", The New York Times Magazine, May 31, 1998

"The Money World Bows to American Bullies", The Independent, May 3, 1998

"Hey, Mr. Neiss Guy. It’s Not Your Fault", The Independent, April 12, 1998

"The New Organization Marriage", Slate, April 2, 1998

"Future Nerd", Slate, May 28, 1998

"Kleiner ex Machina", Slate, March 19, 1998

"Push Capitalism", Slate, March 4, 1998

"The Little Creepy Crawlers Who Will Eat You in the Night", The New York Times Magazine, March 1, 1998

"The Road Behind", Slate, February 19, 1998

"Dinosaurs of the New Economy", The New York Times Magazine, February 8, 1998

"Sugar, Spice, and Everthing Nice", Slate, February 4, 1998

"Losers", Slate, January 22, 1998

"The Man Who Invented Management", The New York Times Book Review, January 11, 1998

"Giving Russia the Business", The New York Times Magazine, January 11, 1998

"We Precious Few", Slate, December 18, 1997

"Heartless Donors", The New York Times Magazine, December 14, 1997

"Leaving Microsoft", Slate, December 4, 1997

"The Coming Out", Slate, November 20, 1997

"The Money Pit", The New York Times Magazine, November 16, 1997

"Scary Smart", Slate, November 14, 1997

"TJ the Barbarian", Slate, November 6, 1997

"The New Organization Man", Slate, October 30, 1997

"The $700,000-a-Year Drone", The New York Times Magazine, October 19, 1997

"Bill Clinton’s Garbage Man", The New York Times Magazine, September 21, 1997

"The Case Against Tipping", The New York Times Magazine, September 21, 1997

"The High Cost of Hope", The New York Times Magazine, August 24, 1997

"The Good Buy", The New York Times Magazine, June 29, 1997

"Life in the Fast Lane", The New York Times Magazine, July 27, 1997

"Picasso Rules", Slate, June 12, 1997

"Mike Milken Isn’t History", The New York Times Magazine, June 1, 1997

"A Question of Honor: The Subversive", The New York Times Magazine, May 25, 1997

"The Asian Con", The New York Times Magazine, May 4, 1997

"The British Election", Slate, April 19, 1997

"I.R.S. R.I.P.", The New York Times Magazine, March 30, 1997

"Vanities", The The New York Times Book Review, March 23, 1997

"Royal Scam", The New York Times Book Review, February 9, 1997

"The Silent Boom", The New York Times Magazine, January 12, 1997

"Rainbow Inc.", The New York Times Magazine, December 8, 1996

"The End", The New Republic, November 25, 1996

"Foreign Objects", The New Republic, November 18, 1996

"Better Off Now", The New York Times Magazine, November 10, 1996

"Labor Pains", The New Republic, November 4, 1996

"Experiments in Higher Living", The New Republic, October 28, 1996

"Silver Medallists", The New Republic, October 21, 1996

"The Quarterback", The New Republic, October 14, 1996

"What Will Gates Give", The New York Times Magazine, October 13, 1996

"Paranoia", The New Republic, October 7, 1996

"Common Ground", The New Republic, September 30, 1996

"Future Stock", The New York Times Magazine, Seotenber 29, 1996

"The Democrats, Inc.", The New Republic, September 16, 1996

"Howard’s End", The New Republic, September 9, 1996

"California, Here They Come", The New Republic, August 19 & 26, 1996

"The Death of Sherman McCoy", The New York Times Magazine, August 18, 1996

"Bill and Bob’s Excellent Adventure", The New York Times Book Review, July 28, 1996

"God Is in the Packaging", The New York Times Magazine, July 21, 1996

"Crucifixation", The New Republic, July 8, 1996

"Automatic Pilot", The New Republic, June 24, 1996

"Just Buy It", The New York Times Magazine, June 23, 1996

"The Herd of the Independent Minds", The New Republic, June 3, 1996

"The Normal Person of Tomorrow", The New Republic, May 20, 1996

"All Grossed Out", The New York Times Magazine, May 19, 1996

"Surrogates", The New Republic, May 13, 1996

"Club Fed", The New York Times Magazine, April 21, 1996

"Blue-Collar Blues", The New Republic, April 8, 1996

"Losers", The New Republic, April 1, 1996

"Reality Bites", The New Republic, March 25, 1996

"Free Willy", The New Republic, March 18, 1996

"A Boardroom of One’s Own", The New York Times Magazine, March 17, 1996

"Crying Without Tears", The New Republic, March 11, 1996

"Animal Farm", The New Republic, March 4, 1996

"The Messenger", The New Republic, February 26, 1996

"Pig Heaven", The New Republic, February 19, 1996

"President and CEO", The New York Times Magazine, February 18, 1996

"Crystal Owl", The New Republic, February 12, 1996

"The Griz", The New Republic, February 5, 1996

"Let the Games Begin!", The New Republic, January 29, 1996

"Only Connect", The New York Times Book Review, January 28, 1996

"Fidelities Revisited", The New York Times Magazine, January 21, 1996

"Ho Ho Silver", The New Republic, January 8 & 15, 1996

"Consultacrats", The New York Times Magazine, December 24, 1995

"Republican Socialism", The New York Times Magazine, November 26, 1995

"He Lost It at the Movies", The New Republic, November 20, 1995

"The Rich: How They’re Different Than They Used To Be", The New York Times Magazine, November 19, 1995

"The Good Rat", The New York Times Magazine, October 29, 1995

"The Beckner Effect", The New York Times Magazine, October 1, 1995

"The Bonus Holdup", The New York Times Magazine, September 10, 1995

"The Good Funeral", The New Republic, August 7, 1995

"Ruble Roulette", The New York Times Magazine, August 13, 1995

"Fidelities", The New York Times Magazine, July 16, 1995

"Where’s Wall Street At", The New York Times Magazine, May 21, 1995

"The Lying Game", The New York Times Magazine, April 23, 1995

"For Love of Money: Why Central Bankers and Speculators Need Each Other", Foreign Affairs, March/April 1995

"Losers and Winners in the Zero Game", The Guardian, February 28, 1995

"Where Credit is Due", The New Republic, February 13, 1995

"The Trojan Goose", The New Republic, January 9 & 16, 1995

"The Case Against Abroad", The New Republic, December 12, 1994

"Titillation", The New Republic, October 24, 1994

"Scenic Beauty", The New Republic, October 3, 1994

"Potus Operandi", The New Republic, June 27, 1994

"Dropping Jackie", The New Republic, June 20, 1994

"Humiliation", The New Republic, May 9, 1994

"Boot Camp for Yuppies", The New York Times Book Review, May 8, 1994

"Paint by Numbers", The New Republic, April 25, 1994

"The New Lust Loophole: On Chuck Robb and Too-Subtle Sexual Distinctions", The Washington Post, March 20, 1994

"Lights! Camera! News!", The New Republic, February 28, 1994

"The Vision Thing", The New Republic, February 19, 1994

"The Speculator", The New Republic, January 10 & 17, 1994

"The Theologian, the Lay Activist, the Agnostic and the Atheist", The Guardian, November 28, 1993

"Government, Up Close and Populist", The New York Times Book Review, August 1, 1993

"Apocalypse High Brow: The Booming Doom Industry", The Washington Post, May 2, 1993

"J-School Ate My Brain", The New Republic, April 19, 1993

"Is Dan Quayle More Than a Pretty Face?", The Guardian, October 13, 1992

"Thinking Japanese", The Independent, September 20, 1992

"Uptight Little Island: A Not-So-Hale Farewell to Britannia", The Washington Post, May 24, 1992

"Rockies Horror Show: Why Workers Won’t be Storming America’s Winter Palaces", The Washington Post, September 15, 1991

"From Rags to Riches", The New York Times Book Review, February 3, 1991

"Trump Fights Back", The New York Times Book Review, September 2, 1990

"School for Scandal: Notes from Wall Street’s Bond-Trading Class of ’85", The Washington Post, January 28, 1990

"How an Earthquake Could Devastate Tokyo and the World Economy", Manhattan, inc., June 1989

"Take a Stretcher, Miss Jones", The Guardian, May 14, 1987

"Do You Have a Fire in Your Belly?”", The Wall Street Journal, March 5, 1987



Interviews and Reviews

"When you're telling a story, you're essentially playing the cards you're dealt..." Longform.org interview, May 7, 2014

Terry Gross talks to Michael Lewis about Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World How The Financial Crisis Created A 'New Third World', Fresh Air, October 4, 2011

Michael Lewis discusses The Big Short with Terry Gross How A Few Made Millions Betting Against The Market, Fresh Air, March 16, 2010

Sixty Minutes story on Michael Lewis Inside the Collapse (Part 2), Michael Lewis talks about the current situation on Wall Street, March 14, 2010

Sixty Minutes story on Michael Lewis Inside the Collapse (Part 1), Michael Lewis writes about the Wall Street bust, March 14, 2010

“Birnbaum v. Michael Lewis,” The Morning News, June 23, 2004

“A Conversation with Author Michael Lewis,” The Motley Fool, NPR, April 9, 2004

Kaplan, Rob, “A Whole New Game,” January Magazine, August 2003

“Writer Michael Lewis,” Fresh Air, NPR, July 16, 2003

Rob Neyer and James Surowiecki discuss Slate, June 5, 2003

“The Will Carroll/Michael Lewis Interview,” AllBaseball.com, July 3, 2003

“Writer Michael Lewis,” Fresh Air, NPR, May 28, 2003

“Author Michael Lewis,” The Motley Fool, NPR, May 23, 2003

“Next: the Future Just Happened,” Morning Edition, NPR, August 16, 2001

“Michael Lewis: Author of Next: The Future Just Happened,” CNN.com, August 8, 2001

Next: The Future Just Happened with Author Michael Lewis,” WashingtonPost.com, August 2, 2001

Mieszkowski, Katherine, “Thank God for the Internet,” Salon, July 18, 2001

“Netscape Co-Founder Jim Clark,” Morning Edition, NPR, November 10, 1999

Interview about The New New Thing, Fresh Air, NPR, November 9, 1999

Nocera, Joe, “The New New Thing,” Slate, October 27, 1999

Salkever, Alex, “Welcome Back, Lewis,” Salon, October 25, 1999

Gimein, Mark, “Adventures in Silicon Valley,” Salon, October 22, 1999

“Michael Lewis,” Talk of the Nation, NPR, June 5, 1997

“X,” All Things Considered, NPR, January 7, 1995

“Talking with Michael Lewis,” Originally published in Newsday, December 29, 1991



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